Mancat Mardi Gras or Pawtie Gras. Hellooo, my lovelies. The entire gang is here with a wee bit of history before the pawtie begins.
You probably know that Mardi Gras is Fat Tuesday in French? But did you know Mardi Gras is called Carnevale in Italy and Brazil or Karnevale in Germany. Carne means meat and that means 40 days of Lent without meat. Oh, I don’t think we’ll be following that tradition. Cats are obligate carnevores and need meat. Here’s another meaty tidbit. See that bird mask I’m wearing? The Medico della Peste or plaque doctor dates back to Venice during the plague. Doctors protected themselves from their patients with the hollow beak stuffed with herbs to avoid smelling the foul air or should I say fowl, tee hee.
So laissez les bon temps rouler, let the good times roll. Happy Mardi Gras Pawtie Gras!
It’s the last day of indulgence before Ash Wednesday and Lent. In the the U.K. Fat Tuesday is called Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day named after the act of “shriving” meant to prepare someone for penance, or to repent or confess. In Ireland, Australia, and Canada, Shrove Tuesday is known as “Pancake Tuesday” Pancakes are eaten to use up milk and eggs, which are not eaten during Lent, and would spoil during this period.
In Iceland the day is known as “Sprengidagur” (Bursting day) and celebrated with eating of salt meat and peas. In Estonia it is called Vastlapäev, families go sledding and eat split pea and ham soup.
I like that idea of full to bursting day. No, we won’t be giving up a thing and have nothing to confess. We’re cats and may have secrets but that suits us fine. What about you? Are you giving up something for Lent?